Live Theatre: A Trick or A Treat?

Emmy Award winner Gordon Clapp of "NYPD Blue" fame stars in Northern Stage's "Trick or Treat" now playing through February 5th.

An Emmy Award Winner on Stage in River City, VT

Whenever you hear about an Emmy award-winning actor who just happens to be in a live stage show close to you, rush out to get tickets.  Or, don't rush.  Maybe drive, walk, ride your bicycle, or take a train, plane, or canoe up the White River in Vermont.  Whatever mode of transportation you wish, it's time to go to Northern Stage to see Gordon Clapp of NYPD Blue in Trick or Treat.  I'd even parachute in for this one.

Neary (right), exposes a family in crisis, and his own dark secret, in Trick or Treat.

Trick or Treat, now playing at Northern Stage through February 5th in White River Junction, VT, exposes a deep side of life many families must work through.  It's Alzheimers, and it's becoming an epidemic nationally.  See how one family deals with the dark side, along with some lighter moments, on Halloween night.  I won't expose more, but I will tell you this play takes you in head first to the deep end of the pool, making you hold your breath for whatever might come next.

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I applaud the entire cast of five who were able to keep up with the complex and emotive acting of Gordon Clapp, whose stage presence brought chills to the nape of my neck and forehead within the first few minutes of the the first scene.  As a former actor, I can tell you this is my personal cue for great acting.  I felt like I was right there, in the moment, and part of the troubled family grappling with family issues beneath the stage lights.  

Climb the stairs to Northern Stage's current play to learn a family's dark secret, and come to grips with Alzheimer's in a riveting show.

This world premier is a roller coaster of a ride from its first moments until the final close.  It was workshopped in Northern Stage's New Works Now, so it's a River City home-grown play that everyone in the Upper Valley will want to see.  Even Clapp is a not-so-distant native of North Conway, NH where he was born.  My only caution is that this play deals with life in all its troubling reality, and it makes you think deeply about your own life and where it may lead.  The psychology behind the script is intense, and playwright Jack Neary gets my applause as vigorously as the actors who bring his play to the stage.  

It's a show like Trick or Treat that reminds me why live theatre is so powerful.  It's the anguished look on a real face, the feel of people right there, in the flesh, almost within our grasp, performing in an intimate space and in intimate ways for us that makes what Northern Stage offers so valuable.  If you've not been to a live show recently, this is one to see.  The first Tuesday after opening night brings tickets at $20, a very affordable way to see real theatre.  Please check the Northern Stage website and/or call for availability.  

I recommend Trick or Treat, Gordon Clapp, and his fellow actors with two thumbs thrust straight up to the sky.


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Dave Celone is not this set of six hand-painted ceramic hearts by sculptor Anna Hranovska Vincelette of White River Junction, VT. Though, he might buy them for the people he loves for Valentine's Day.

Instead, Dave's a writer who likes to share information about his life in the Upper Valley on a host of topics ranging from food and beverage, to art and craft, to politics, humor, and history. Dave is a freelance writer, poet, visual artist, art gallery curator, and consultant for the education industry. He co-manages Long River Gallery & Gifts in Lyme, NH and its new gallery space in White River Junction, VT with his wife Lisa, where over 175 local artists and artisans now show their work. The new gallery is at 49 South Main Street in White River Junction between The Junction Frame Shop and The Hotel Coolidge. Dave is also principal of Advancement Consulting Services offering higher education institutions and private secondary schools global best practices and unique ways to increase alumni giving and involvement through programs that develop relationships and value holistically. His "virtuous circle" model on developing fundraising programs, and his strategic program development centered around "treating students like alumnae/i and alumnae/i like students" have gained favor among development industry professionals and higher education leadership on multiple continents. Dave is former director of development at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and former co-executive director of the Dartmouth College Fund. He may be reached via email at: Please feel free to add your comments below. Dave will respond. 



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